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RoboGames coming to Pleasanton fairgrounds

Worldwide teams taking part in Olympics-style robotics competition

Pleasanton is going to the robots this weekend.

RoboGames, the world's largest open robotics competition, is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds from Friday to Sunday, bringing together teams from throughout the globe to take part in dozens of events in an Olympics-style competition.

Presented locally by Visit Tri-Valley, the RoboGames features a mix of events with autonomous robots as well as robots that are remotely operated. Combat robotics is the fan favorite, drawing tens of thousands of spectators, organizers said. Other popular events include sumo, humanoid challenges and ArtBot.

"RoboGames is similar to the Olympics in that competitors are challenged in a number of different events that showcase focused abilities and skills. The largest difference is that at RoboGames, the competitors are robots while the coaches are human engineers," organizers said in a statement previewing the competition.

To date, teams from 39 countries have taken part in the RoboGames, using the event as a way to explore new technology and challenge themselves as engineers, organizers said.

RoboGames will also feature non-competitive demonstrations and presentations by top robotics designers and engineers.

The event runs from 12-9 p.m. Friday and 12-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2nIn1HB. New this year, the RoboGames will be streamed live at www.twitch.tv, offering real-time coverage competitions along with on-air commentary and feature profiles.

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